Super Hi-Vision Public Viewings in Japan, UK and USA


During the London 2012 Olympic Games, NHK held SHV Public Viewings (PV) in Japan, the UK and the USA, in cooperation with the BBC and Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS). The SHV-PVs were held at sites in Tokyo’s Shibuya and Akihabara districts, as well as in Fukushima, at the BBC and International Broadcast Centre in London, in Glasgow and Bradford, and in Washington DC.

At each site, viewers were provided with high-quality images and sound, using large screens and a 22.2-channel audio system. People who came to the PVs enjoyed the opening ceremony and highlights of events. Comments included, “It’s lovely!” and “I was moved to see such beautiful pictures.”

What is Super Hi-Vison?

SHV is an advanced TV system that delivers an unrivalled sense of presence and enables a viewing experience that is as close to reality as possible.

NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), the only public broadcaster in Japan, is developing this new system. SHV has 16 times the resolution of the current high-definition format and features ultra high-definition pictures consisting of 33 million pixels (7680 horizontal by 4320 vertical dots) and a 22.2-channel audio system.

Developments in SHV technology include improvements to the SHV cameras, relay vans and projectors, making them smaller and more practical. This progress enabled public viewings to be carriend out for the first time during the London 2012 Olympics.

NHK aims to spearhead the future of broadcast media as a public broadcaster and to promote the spread of new technology in cooperation with foreign media organisations. In particular, NHK and the BBC cooperated in the development of this technology, with the strengths of each organizaton helping to deliver significant results. We can say that this was one of the fruits of international cooperation and Japan-UK exchange in broadcasting technology.

NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)